NBA Lockout 2011: David Stern Lets Ultimatum Pass, Meeting Scheduled For Thursday

The NBA lockout talks will continue, despite the 5 p.m. Wednesday deadline that commissioner David Stern issued earlier in the week. The owners and the NBA Players Association talked into the night and will reconvene at noon on Thursday after making some reported progress on key issues.

Stern officially said that the two sides "were not failing and not succeeding," but reports indicate the two sides have made progress on several system issues. The one major sticking point remains the mid-level exception, according to those reports.

If talks break down, a report by David Aldridge of NBA.com suggests NBPA head Billy Hunter will "disclaim interest," allowing the players to conduct an anti-trust lawsuit. There remain reports that the NBA has enough signatures to decertify the union in the event of the talks breaking down again.

No matter what, this is a big day for the league that could ultimately decide the course of the season.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation DC

You must be a member of SB Nation DC to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation DC. You should read them.

Join SB Nation DC

You must be a member of SB Nation DC to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation DC. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.